A fabulous week at Lassen Volcanic National Park, acclimating to higher elevations, enjoying time with fellow adventurers and relaxing under the pines. This was my fourth national park traverse, running the 26.8 miles across Lassen from north to south, including a 4 mile run to the starting point. Lots of elevation changes, especially once I got off of the Pacific Crest Trail and onto smaller trails. Even after 5 days, 6000' of elevation was difficult after spending so much time at sea level. The steep downhill to Mill Creek falls, about 20 miles in, took its toll on my toes, turning my right big toenail black -again. I will probably lose it for the third time in 3 years. It was nice to have a real toenail for a few months.
Besides strings of perfect lakes and trickling streams the two highlights were spending a few minutes with Deborah at the midway point (Summit Lake) and a surprise close encounter with a bear near Kings Creek Falls.
This was my first decent long run since being sick and having to go gluten and dairy free. The result was significantly less joint pain. And no fasciitis or tendonitis. All I needed was an oxygen tank!